The latest full-year accounts were due to be filed by June 22, but Companies House has entered a note flagging up the fact that Unwins is late. It said although the situation was not yet serious, it had begun to send out letters chasing the off-licence chain.
“It is not unusual for companies to be late filing their accounts, but in this case the exact nature of the note is rare,” said a spokesman. Unwins’ auditors have refused to comment on its position, but the retailer itself said there was no major problem that was delaying the submission of the accounts. It has another six and a half months to deliver them before it faces fines.
The industry will be keen to see Unwins’ full-year figures in view of the chain’s recent struggles. And the situation could increase the disquiet among Unwins’ suppliers. Many of them have already confirmed they are refusing to deliver to the chain because it has not yet paid outstanding invoices.